503: I Was Just Trying To Help

503: I Was Just Trying To Help

Aug 16, 2013
Stories of people doing the noble thing and stepping up to help, only to find out that others think what they're doing isn't helping at all. Planet Money looks at a charity that's decided to just give people money, and a sheriff in California devises a plan to let farmers grow weed — as long as they register with him.
  • Ira speaks with Sharon Snyder. Until recently, Sharon was a clerk for circuit court judge in Missouri. While she was at work, a man and a woman approached her looking for some paperwork so they could help out their brother, who was in prison for rape. The prisoner claimed he was innocent of the crime and had decided to file a motion for a DNA test. Sharon decided to help the man with the paperwork, which didn't please her employer. (6 minutes)Criminal JusticeLegal System

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Bernard Omondi, a Kenyan who has received money from a charity called GiveDirectly. Photo by Jacob Goldstein. Click image to enlarge.

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